This week could have been a week where the Big Ten made a statement nationally that it would be a force to be reckoned with. That did not happen. Here's a look back at all the Big Ten games of the past week.
NO ALARMS AND NO SURPRISES
Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10 -- The Hoosiers' defense finally coalesced in this game, as the only touchdown Indiana allowed was a 56 yard blocked punt. The offense was as good as ever as Indiana racked up over 600 yards in a balanced attack (335 passing, 266 rushing.)
Michigan State 55, Youngstown State 17 -- Reports of the demise of MSU's offense have been exaggerated. For at least this week, anyway.
Northwestern 38, Western Michigan 17 -- In a game that I would call "procedural", the Wildcats ran over over 330 yards on the day, both Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter continue to prove that a 2-QB system can work, and all the Northwestern fans went home happy. Yawn.
SOME ALARMS, NO SURPRISES
Ohio State 52, California 34 -- Apparently the new B1G trend is to go to Berkeley and give up yards by the pound, as the Buckeyes' defense was torched for over 500 yards, most of it (371 to be exact) through the air. No matter, as Kenny Guiton continued his excellent work filling in for Braxton Miller by throwing for four touchdowns on 21-32 passing for 276 yards.
Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 -- There was a scary moment at halftime as head coach Jerry Kill had a seizure, his third in the past 11 games he's coached. The Gophers persevered though and held the Leatherbacks to 230 yards of offense on the way to an unspectacular victory.
A WIN OVER A (SEMI-)LEGITIMATE NON-CONFRERENCE OPPONENT? CAN'T BE!
Iowa 27, Iowa State 21 -- The Hawkeyes hitched its cart to the ample legs of running back Mark Weisman, and Weisman (35 rushes, 145 yards) delivered. B.J. Lowery also did this, but I liked it better the first time when Kurtis Drummond did it against WMU.
STILL LOSING, BUT AT LEAST LOOKING RESPECTABLE WHILE DOING IT
Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24 -- Purdue actually led this game going into the 4th quarter 17-10, but then came 21 unanswered points from Tommy Rees and company and the expected loss came. Give the Boilermakers credit for stymieing Notre Dame on the ground though, the Fighting Irish only averaged 2.5 yards per rush
Washington 34, Illinois 24 -- As good as he's looked the last couple weeks, Nathan Scheelhaase came back to Earth a bit with 9 of 25 passing for 156 yards, a TD, and a pick. The Illini defense also gave up more than 600 yards on defense, which makes it kind of amazing the Huskies only put up 34 points.
STILL WINNING, BUT NOT AT ALL LOOKING RESPECTABLE
Michigan 28, Akron 24 -- Devin Gardner will throw for 30 touchdowns this season, and about 12 of them will go to the other team. The only way this win could've been worse is if someone important got injured, and that very nearly happened when Taylor Lewan went down. Still, a win is a win, no matter if it was to one of the worst teams in the FBS.
THE GHOST OF BIELEMA STILL HAUNTS THE BADGERS TO THIS DAY
Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30 -- Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Badgers lose a close game on questionable clock management at the game's end. To be fair though, most of the blame falls on the referee and not the head coach this time, and if you want a good analysis of it Spencer Hall has it here.
LOST TO A DECENT TEAM? SEMI-DECENT TEAM?
Central Florida 34, Penn State 31 -- Penn State hung in this one until the end, but give up 507 yards of offense like the Nittany Lions defense did and...yeah, it'll be an uphill battle. It's a bit hard to know how good UCF is right now (they play South Carolina next), but they did beat Akron 38-7, and as this past weekend showed, sometimes beating the Zips is hard, you guys.
BO KNOWS LOSING TO UCLA
UCLA 41, Nebraska 21 -- It was going so well for the Cornhuskers. They were leading 21-10 going into the half...and then four 3rd quarter Bruin touchdowns happened. Hope you haven't handed out any black shirts yet Bo.